Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 224

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo | The Institute by Stephen King | The Diary of Frida Kahlo | The Water Dancer by Ta-Nahesi Coates | The Coming Storm by Paul Russell | City of Bones by Cassandra Clare | Heartstopper, Volume 2 by Alice Oseman | Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky | I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi | The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young | Permanent Record by Mary HK Choi | What Makes Us by Rafi Mittlefeldt | Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell | Heels Over Head by Elyse Springer | The Blacksmith Queen by GA Aiken | Well Met by Jen DeLuca | The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst

So yeah, these are the books I procured in October. With the exception of What Makes Us, Quichotte, and Well Met, all of the books above were purchased. I keep having to strengthen up my resolve not to buy any, but we all know that only works for like ten seconds, then poof. I find myself magically transported to the bookstore. Sigh.

Much love to Penguin Random House Canada for the copies of What Makes Us, Quichotte, and Well Met.

NEWS! I reached my all-time goal of 2,000 books on Tuesday! I can now chill the eff out and actually digest the books I’m reading. Sheesh. Or maybe I should amped it up even more if I ever want to see the end of my TBR. *head desk*

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 221

One Summer Day in Rome by Mark Lamprell | The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais | Like A Love Story by Abdi Nazemian | Normal People by Sally Rooney | Severance by Ling Ma | The Order of Nature by Josh Scheinert

Just a little housekeeping: In case you haven’t noticed, I changed my blog theme yesterday so don’t be alarmed if things are a little different. If you’re looking for the comment section, you can find it on top just to the right of the blog post date and below the post title. Click on the comments, and away you go. Thank you!

Truth be told, most of these books were found through booktube. Honestly, watching booktube isn’t conducive to my financial health. *facepalm* Since I started watching them, I ended up placing an order through Book Outlet, bought a couple of indie books, downloaded a couple of romance novels, and ordered quite a few books from Amazon as well. But I promise myself I’m not buying any more books. *fingers crossed*

I read 9 books in total last week. To be fair, I was sick for a couple of days so I didn’t go to work. I wasn’t able to listen to any audiobooks because my ears were plugged as they were. I’m so sick of being sick, y’all. I feel like I’ve been saying that all summer long. I got my husband and my boy sick as well. I’m thankful that it’s the long weekend and my boy doesn’t start school until Wednesday. This at least gives him time to recover.

Here are the books I read last week:

Outfox by Sandra Brown | The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali | On Earth, We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Voung | How to Knit A Love Song by Rachel Herron | The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

  • Outfox by Sandra Brown (4/5) was about a serial killer who victimizes rich women. I enjoyed this one as to be expected.
  • The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali (4/5) was so beautiful and sublime. It’s about these two teens in 1953 Iran who met and instantly fall in love but circumstances happen and they got separated. Sixty years later, they meet again. Love, love.
  • On Earth, We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (4/5) is a memoir written by a Vietnamese-American poet who wrote a letter to his mother who can’t read or write. So I think his intention was to relieve himself of every sad and bad experiences he suffered under the hands of those he loved — including that of his mother.
  • How to Knit A Love Song by Rachel Herron (4/5) was a quirky contemporary romance set in Small Town, USA. Those are the best ones, aren’t they?
  • The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (4/5) was so sad and hopeful and I just loved it.
Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas | A Boy at the Edge of the World by David Kingston Yeh | How to Knit a Heart Back Home by Rachel Herron | Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting
  • Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas (4/5) was a romance featuring an older man and a younger woman. There’s a 19-year gap between them. What’s worse is that he is her boyfriend’s dad. Really enjoyed this one.
  • A Boy at the Edge of the World by David Kingston Yeh (4/5) is a Canadian lit about this former gay hockey player — his trial and tribulations, loves and heartaches. I enjoyed this one, too.
  • How to Knit A Heart Back Home (3/5) is the sequel to How to Knit A Love Song. It’s not as strong as the first book, but it was still enjoyable.
  • Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting. (2/5) I thought for sure I would enjoy it, considering it’s a trope I enjoy the most reading: second chance romances.

Man, this post got away from me. Sorry it’s too long.

How did your week go?

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 215


The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie | Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie | The Trust by Ronald H. Balson | Karolina’s Twins by Ronald H. Balson

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a post about my newly discovered authors and their works. I’ve been on the hunt for those books and so happy to say to finally have these in my arsenal. I am, however, still on the lookout for the first Liam Taggart & Catherine Lockhart series, Saving Sophie. I’m sure I can easily order it online but money’s tight so I’ve resorted to finding books from the thrift shops.

I’ve started The Satanic Verses but since Rushdie’s writing is a bit cerebral than what I’m used to, it’s taking a bit of time. I would really like to start on the Balson series but I need to find Saving Sophie first.

Reading Updates:

Unfortunately, I didn’t make any headway with the books I’d planned last week. Heck, I haven’t even crack open any of the books. I’m determined to get them done this week, however.

Books Read Last Week:

I adore Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal. It was such a lovely, delightful book about food, family, and love. Fall by Kristen Callihan was awesome as well. Jax Blackwood was so angst-y and sexy – just the kind of guy I love reading about. 🙂 All the Missing Girls’ format just didn’t work for me. It was confusing as heck. Lastly, The Lost Symbol completes my Dan Brown library, and will be looking forward to reading more from him.

That’s it for my week, everyone. I hope yours was great as well.

Happy Reading!

xoxo

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 210


The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody | American Heart by Laura Moriarty | The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty | The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce | Meet Cute by Various Authors | The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | How To Stop Time by Matt Haig | theMystery.doc by Matthew McIntosh


I surprised myself this week by going to the bookstore, picking up a bunch of books, then putting them all back on the shelves because I wanted to buy a $50, 1660-page behemoth of a book. Yeah. I’m talking about theMystery.doc, of course. You know I’m a huge fan of mixed-media type of novels, so as soon as I saw the lone, plastic-wrapped copy, I had to get it. #bookhoarderproblems

Such a sad, sad weekend for Canada and the hockey world as we learned about the tragic accident that took 15 lives of junior hockey players. My husband and I were at the Winnipeg Jets hockey game on Saturday night and experienced the moving tribute our Jets team and the Chicago Blackhawks gave for the entire community of Humboldt. A group of young men chasing their dreams only to end so soon. Really heartbreaking. The response from the entire world has been so wonderful, though. <3 Faith in humanity, restored for sure.


I received another copy of I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman in the mail courtesy of Penguin Random House. I’m going to read it soon then will hopefully run a giveaway for the extra copy. I’m a little worried as it hasn’t been receiving the best reviews, but still. I’m looking foward to reading this.

As per usual, I’m all over the place. I have no idea how to take control of my TBR – especially my for-review books. I need to find a way to handle it as I’m starting to feel a little overwhelmed again. Last week, I was able to make some headway with the books that I’ve started. I think I just need to train my brain to stick to one book at a time instead of randomly starting a new one. I know some of you probably solves this issue by having a bullet journal but just the thought of taking some more of my precious time to organize and write makes me want to jump off a bridge. Gah.

Anywho, I’m flying by the seat of my pants. I literally have no idea how my week is going to go as I’m starting a new fitness routine. Blog posts are yet to be drafted (apart from this) and books remain half read. But don’t worry.

I’m fine.

JUST FINE.

Really, really fine.

 

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Hoarders, Book Edition: Episode 209


Free Space by Sean Danker | Firebug by Lish McBride | God-Shaped Hole by Tiffany DiBartolo | Devil’s Cut by JR Ward | Seeing Red by Sandra Brown | Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff | Origin by Dan Brown

Hello.

I can’t even remember the last time I did a Hoarders post! I haven’t been buying too many books, to be honest. It’s so bad that a few of these were from our summer trip in Toronto! The horror. I’ve only read a couple of these books – that’s how bad I’ve been at reading as well. Incidentally, both books were quintessential of the authors’ work. Seeing Red by Sandra Brown and Origin by Dan Brown (no relation. Ha). I did, however, request some books from Net Galley.

I reviewed The Trouble with Twelfth Grave on the blog already. Hard Cover will be up sometime this week (loveeee this book, btw). I read Wish You Were Mine but it’s so unremarkable that I probably would have to re-read it just so I can write a review.

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Pucked Over was good. As well, both Vi Keeland’s books. Sorely disappointed with Penelope Ward’s Gemini. I think it might have been an early work, as I can tell it’s not in the same calibre as her newer novels. Needless to say, I’m not continuing with that series. Basic writing, flat characters, and often times, cheesy dialogues.

Currently

Missing
by Kelley Armstrong

I have about a quarter left to this book. I’ve managed to read a good chunk of it this weekend with a few starts and stops. It’s suspenseful af, to be honest. It’s very good, though. I think it’s the fact that I have no idea who the killer was makes it more sinister. As well, the setting adds to the scare factor. I can’t wait to finish it. Hopefully, tonight after I hit “publish”. 🙂

 

 

The Break
by Katherena Vermette

So I’ve been struggling with this one. I borrowed this copy from a friend of mine at the gym because she swore by it, and it’s a prized-winning literature. It’s set in our city but the story is tough to read at times. It’s so interesting to read about a place in which you have a familiarity. It’s easy enough to follow but the stories of the characters are hard to get through.

 

Well, I think I’ll bid farewell for now. I have a full schedule on the blog. (Trust. I can’t believe it either.) I wish you all a lovely week! 

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 202

Welcome to the latest edition of my hoarding madness. These are the books I got this week.


Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel | Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor | The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren | Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett | Worst. Person. Ever. by Douglas Coupland | Paper Girls Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang and Matthew Wilson


Hello.

LIFE LATELY

How was your weekend? Since hubby usually has the Fridays off, I took it off as well to spend time with the kids because it’s their last day of Spring break.  I thought we would make a family day out of it. Unfortunately, nothing I wanted to do panned out. My husband had a work meeting from 8 to 10, then my daughter made plans with one of her friends. My boy didn’t want to go see Beauty and the Beast with me because he thinks the movie is “lame”. So I pretty much hung out in my bedroom for most of the day until everybody got home.

I wasn’t there when my boss had a meeting with HR about my position. So my office mate sent me a text while I was having lunch with hubby that there’s some good news waiting for me when I get in on Monday (sometime later today, I guess). Wish me luck! I love the people there. Most of them are lifers, pretty much but they treated me like I’m part of their family since day one. Admittedly, this job is not that challenging but I don’t really mind. It’s time I start thinking about retirement and since they offer a good package, I think I’m going to stick it out.

BOOKS AND THINGS

I met briefly with Kristie of Lost in Ever After to borrow her ARC of The Love Interest on Friday. I started reading it right away. I wish I can say this is worth all the hype but unfortunately, it’s not looking good. My review will probably be up in the next couple of weeks but it’s a dud so far. So disappointing.

I started reading Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. You guys. This book is so good. The world-building is astoundingly vivid; the characters are larger than life and the plot, simply amazing. I don’t know how else to explain this book but man, you have got to read it! Yet again, I find myself loving a fantasy book. I’ve been having such a great time immersing myself in worlds that are more often, beyond my imagination.

Ackkkk Alex, Approximately. You don’t know how much I’ve pined for a copy of this book! I wish I can read it right now but I have a few obligations and books I’ve started that I need to finish. Dying. Dyingggg to read this book! Also, Waking Gods. Whelp.

I’m reviewing Promises to Keep by Genevieve Graham on the blog on Tuesday as my stop for Simon & Schuster Canada’s Timeless Tour. I hope you’ll stop by.

Well, that’s it for me. I hope you’ll have a great week!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 197


Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman | Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson | Arrival by Ted Chiang | The Wangs Vs. The World by Jade Chang | They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery


God.

Where to start today? This past weekend, I’ve tried and failed numerous times to try to get some semblance of normalcy in my life. I logged on to the blog, fully intending to write a couple of posts or visit Bloglovin’. But every time I try, my mind wanders South of the border thinking about the people who are being held at airports everywhere. Two weeks ago, I was overwhelmed with pride that I bore witness to Obama’s presidency. A week after that, I was inspired by the Women’s March. But today, I’m angry and frustrated. There are no other words for how I’m feeling right now. The madman at the White House lost all traces of human decency. And I hope he knows that he’s now in the running for Top Ten Most Hated Man in the history of the world (Hitler tops this list, incidentally).

I’m worried and disappointed that hatred is spreading far and wide. Even here in Canada where a shooting at a mosque In Quebec City occurred shortly after prayers. I never thought I would see the day that we will be front and center of this despicable act. We are better than this and I hope that they’ll find the perpetrators.  My heart goes out to the victims of this horrible violence.

I do have to try, though. Even if what I’m doing right now feels so insignificant and pointless. Perhaps I’ll be able to find some joy in this somehow and forget how incredibly dark and joyless the world has been lately.

Book Club

Last Saturday, we had our book club meeting at my house. We weren’t able to exchange gifts back in December so we did that. We also talked about the latest bru-ha-ha on Twitter and touched on politics as well. I got The Wangs Vs. The World by Jade Chang and Arrival by Ted Chiang from Lauren of The Autumn Bookshelf. Both books have been on my wishlist, so I’m so happy and grateful for Lauren’s generous gifts! It’s always great to see the ladies from my book club. 

On a more personal note

I didn’t finish any books this week. Sad, isn’t it? On top of everything else, it has been quite a whirlwind in my house. Last Wednesday, there were rumours circulating that a boy was going to bring a gun to school. So we kept my daughter until the administration could set us all at ease. It turns out that the boy was picked up at his home at 5 in the morning the same day. He was a former student who got expelled at the beginning of school year. It was very scary as this is a rare occurrence here in Canada. I’m glad it was all sorted out.

My son turned 10 on Thursday. I brought pizza and cupcakes for his class at his behest. And on the same day, my daughter had a dance recital. She introduced us to her boyfriend which freaked me out because she’s only 15 and I’m not ready for her to be dating. It bites, yes. But there’s nothing I can do about it. We’re not going to be one of those really strict parents whose kids end up rebelling. All we can do is guide her and let her learn her own life lessons. We’ll be with her every step of the way, regardless.

I think this is it for now.

Peace, love, acceptance and tolerance.

 

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Life Lately

Helloooooo

By show of hands, how many of y’all missed me? ^.^

Sigh. So I think I mentioned it on my last life update that my dad had a heart attack and needed a bypass surgery. When everything was said and done, he ended up having a quintuple bypass surgery. Let me tell you, I didn’t even think that was possible and it was rough for all of us. Here in Canada, there are frailties in our health care system (even though it’s still worlds better than the US’). They don’t allow patients to linger in hospital beds. So if they think you can walk on your own in a matter of days after having such an intensive surgery, they’ll send you home. Well, after just two days, they sent him home only to suffer a relapse on the first night. He’s been confined to his hospital bed since suffering from a wide variety of complications. So that’s what I’ve been up to. Taking care of dad and making sure he’s eating the right stuff (saltless, sugarless, taste-less stuff). I’m also working so by the time I get home, I barely have time to do anything else.

On Reading

I’m still working my way through Trevor Noah’s memoir. I just don’t have the capacity to read anything else but Sandra Brown’s books nowadays. But I’ve found a good motivation recently to finish the book, so here’s hoping I’ll have a different book on my currently-reading shelf soon.

On Hoarding

I swear, I haven’t bought anything in a while. I have so many books I want to get, though. And there are currently 8 books on my Book Outlet cart. *sobs* I’m hoping Santa will be good to me this year and gift me with a bunch of gift cards from my favourite bookstores so I can get ready for 2017. Lol.

Here’s the last batch of books I got from the Black Friday sale at Book Outlet:

Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart by Lisa Rogak | The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin | Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom by Susin Nielsen | The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken | All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer | A Bad Day for Sorry by Sophie Littlefield | Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake | The Veil by Chloe Neill | Half the World by Joe Abercrombie | Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas | The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark | Antigoddess by Kendra Blake | 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith | The Body in the Woods by April Henry | Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren | Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman | All is Calm, All is Bright by Colleen Coble | The Penguin Book of First World War Stories | Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney | The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent | The Deserter by Paedar Ó Guilín | Bits & Pieces by Jonathan Maberry | Elusion by Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam | The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett | 500 Days by Kurt Eichenwald | Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas | Born of Betrayal by Sherrilyn Kenyon | Born of Defiance by Sherrilyn Kenyon | Magic Shifts by  Ilonah Andrews | Ungodly by Kendra Blake

Ridiculous, eh?

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Hot Off the Press [24]: November 22nd, 2016

November 22nd, 2016 New Releases

Hello. Here’s a short list of books coming out today to help you while you’re out there trying to decide what to buy. Don’t say I never did anything for y’all. 🙂


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The Spy by Paulo Coelho | Over the Edge by Meredith Wild | I’ll Take You There by Wally Lamb | Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

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Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromly | Dying for Christmas by Tammy Cohen | Of Fireand Stars by audry Coulthurst | Kadence by Anne Mercier 

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Conclave by Robert Harris | Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey | Out of Bounds by Lauren Blakely | I call Myself A Feminist by Various Authors

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Moonglow by Michael Chabon | Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson | Scythe by Neal Shusterman | Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

So what’s it gonna be?

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Hot Off The Press [20]: This Week Will Break You

img_2306 When I was starting out as a blogger, I used to do a regular post about the books that are coming out on any given week. Then it came sporadically because I got lazy. Well, here we are; here I am, floundering, because I’ve been uninspired lately (hence, the less than regular post as of late).

In an effort to jump-start my stalled blogging schedule, I decided to look back to my old posts and look for inspiration. I stumbled upon this feature. It’s probably not going to help my ongoing struggle with curbing book purchases but at this point, I’ll try anything.

I’m somewhat surprised with the number of books coming out today. And though, I know this list is probably not as comprehensive, I hope there’s one or two that will catch your eye. I think I’m going to pick up David Arnold’s latest for myself even though I haven’t read Mosquitoland. Anyway, let me know what piqued your interest, and happy reading!


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